What we do
When Thermal – Health Industrial Cluster Association was formed, thermal water was primarily utilized with tourism and medical purposes. Geothermal energy utilization was occurred in the last few years. Some new cooperation activity of the cluster created opportunities for our cluster members to utilise thermal water as renewable energy resource. Furthermore the University of Debrecen as a cluster member and some other members whose main profile is environment protection, suggested to work on thermal water utilisation and research and development related projects in coorporation. The development and implementation of these projects is in progress in these days.
The heat of the ground and thermal water so geothermal energy is a very reliable energy resource which can be used for electricity and heating systems operation as well. Baths among our cluster members and facilities connected to them utilise thermal water only for medical purposes although the available thermal water amount could be used in a so called cascade system, on the field of energetics and/ or agriculture as well.
Geothermal energy is not an alternative but an additive energy resource which means that it could be used together or supplemented with fossil fuels. It is also one of the cheapest, most economically exploitable source of energy. In this view the characteristics of geothermal energy in the region is excellent. The reason of this fact is that in the Carpathian Basin sedimentary rocks dominate and Earth’s crust is thinner than the average in our country.
Thermal wells of the northern great plain region contain a reasonable amount of methane (CH4), which allows an additional power consumption. As a greenhouse gas being released into the environment should be avoided. Practical way of utilisation would be to burn it in gas engines to produce electricity. This process also forms greenhouse flue gasses, mainly CO2, NOx, CO etc, which can be perfectly utilised as well.
According to the above – mentioned facts thermal water as renewable energy resource has several utilisation ways in the region but numerous untapped areas can exists as well which could be developed and later implemented with foreign partners in national and international cooperation.
Our goal is to present as much suggestions, opportunities, solutions, good examples to our members to help their economical or even profitable operation and to form a new sustainable and environmental friendly view besides energy-focused thinking.
We wish to achieve all this in order to protect the Earth taking into account all environmental directives, norms, rules and laws, alone and in cooperation as well.
The goal of Thermal – Health Industrial Cluster is to develop and increase the competitiveness of Eastern Hungarian tourism. The cluster has a leading role in the region and cooperates with many partners such as the University of Debrecen, Hungarian Tourism Ltd., Tourism destination management organizations of the region, Tourinform offices, tourism companies and foreign organizations.
The region has a significant amount of thermal and therapeutic water resource. The number of thermal water wells giving water warmer than 30 degrees celsius is 213 which are 16 % of thermal wells in Hungary. About 40 % of the operating wells are used for balneology purposes in 35 towns and in total 48 Baths. There are 3 qualified health resorts in the northern- great plain region which are Debrecen, Hajduszoboszlo and Nyiregyhaza. In addition 9 qualified therapeutic baths and 27 baths with qualified therapeutic water offer high quality services.
Between 2007 and 2013 several development projects, based on thermal therapeutic water, took place in the area. As a result of these projects health tourism supply is outstanding in Hungary.
The biggest bath institution in Europe is located in Hajduszoboszlo which deals with the biggest guest traffic among baths in the eastern part of the country.
The University of Debrecen plays an important role in medical tourism boost. The main goal is to connect private medical care with services based on the therapeutic effect of thermal water and form integrated service packages which are available for sale.
Besides Hajduszoboszlo, there are further bath institutions offering high quality services among our cluster members, such as Cserkeszolo, Martfu, Balmazujvaros, Kisujszallas and Hajdunanas baths or also baths of Polgar and Hajduboszormeny.
Also nowadays there are several service related development projects lead by the members of the sector. The area is a popular destination among national and international tourists.